COVID-19 Briefs for January 4, 2021  

Situation Report | January 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Moderna 

Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, below are some helpful resources.

ACIP Phase 1b and 1c Recommendations

On December 20, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) debated and voted on vaccine priority groups for phases 1b and 1c following the initiation of vaccination for health care workers and long term care facility residents in phase 1a.  

ACIP recommended that phase 1b include adults aged 75 years and older as well as frontline essential workers.

Frontline essential workers were defined as “first responders, teachers and other education workers including day care workers, food and agriculture workers, correctional facility staff, postal workers, public transit workers, and people who work in manufacturing and in grocery stores” who have direct contact with the public as part of their job. Some essential workers who are able to work remotely or do not interact with the public may not be eligible under this designation.  

ACIP recommended that phase 1c include adults aged 65-74 as well as individuals aged 16-64 who have high-risk medical conditions. 

Please see our related story on the vaccine rollout, including a new announcement about the vaccination of home care and hospice workers in week 5 of the state’s vaccination plan.